FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT
Galatians 5:22, 23
Expresses the essential nature of God. Always UNCONDITIONAL ~ always involves making a choice. Love can only be known or seen from the action it shows to others!
JOY ~ [to rejoice, exultation, gladness of heart]
Comes from what is known from the Word of God, and what is known about His promises to His children. Joy is the Believers weapon of Strength producing such a deep inner gladness that no trial, test or temptation will shake them. God can be praised thru anything!
PEACE ~ [Hebrew: shalom – wholeness, full, finished, made perfect]
A conscious resting in the will and word of God. Denotes the end or absence of strife. Peace describes the sense of rest and contentment.
PATIENCE/LONGSUFFERING ~ [endurance, diligence]
Does not mean ‘putting up with’ ~ it means to be consistently and constantly the same
~ not turning from the Lord despite any adverse circumstance. Contains the quality of self-restraint in the face of provocation – no retaliation!
Keep doing what God has told you to do until He gives you new instructions!
KINDNESS /GOODNESS~ [chrestotes - mercy, clemency, usefulness]
Shows action - a kindly activity on behalf of others. It conveys the thought of knowing another’s need and helping to fulfill it. The character of a born-again believer enabling the heart of God to flow thru the Believer into the life of another.
An attitude of the heart. It is an ‘inner disposition’ that people can observe/see by the way one lives and treats others
FAITHFULNESS ~ [pistos]
An action or a result of a firm conviction of God’s truth
MEEKNESS ~ humility
The Believers inner expression acknowledging that God is in charge of our lives. Meekness is not weakness; it is the strength to exercise self-control while suffering injustice.
SELF-CONTROL ~ temperance
Comes from a word meaning ‘strength’. Means to have power over oneself! Believers are to bring their spirit, soul, and body under the control of the Holy Spirit.